There’s a smarter way to deliver electricity to homes and businesses, and Emir Jose Macari, dean of Sacramento State’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, will discuss the possibilities at the first STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) lecture of the academic year at 6 p.m. Sept. 21, in the University Union Redwood Room.
Macari heads the newly established California Smart Grid Center at Sacramento State, which develops technological solutions to help utility companies respond to peak electrical power demands.
“New advanced metering systems allow utilities to more efficiently provide electrical service to homes and businesses by providing two-way electronic communications between consumers and suppliers,” says Macari.
The California Smart Grid Center also develops curriculum to educate engineering and computer science students interested in smart grid careers. In April, the Center received $905,348 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for the development of a new Smart Grid training and workforce development program.
“Electrical utilities predict that as many as 50 percent of their technical staff will retire within the next five to 10 years,” says Macari. “This training program will give displaced workers the opportunity to change careers to the power industry by providing scholarships, continuing education courses and certificate programs.”
For more information on Smart Grid, contact Macari at 278-6127, or visit www.ecs.csus.edu/CASmartGrid/index.php. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.